This week's question for the Gamecocks Great Debate -> What are your expectations for Clowney in 2013?
The sporting world is now on a first name basis with South Carolina's outstanding defensive end Jadaveon Clowney. He grew from a recruiting legend to a stand out freshman to a full blown superstar by the end of his sophomore campaign. A blockbuster hit/forced and recovered fumble made Clowney a SportsCenter fixture and a popular player heading into 2013. Like David Pollack's strip sack against the Gamecocks 10 years ago, Clowney's decapitation of a Michigan tailback will surely be the defining play of his collegiate career. The only downside to that is some people, fans and analysts alike, will expect that play to become the standard rather than the career highlight that it is. I fully expect Clowney to be a top 3 overall draft pick and be on a the All American teams; however I fear his production may not match the hype some people have created. Clowney can have 14 sacks, more TFLs, multiple turnovers ans passes defenses but not have that one spectacular highlight, and some people will find fault. This is unfortunate but it is the instant highlight 'best ever' culture that social media and ESPN have created. I think Clowney will have an outstanding season, but it may not have the career defining play. Either way, it will be a special season to watch.
Many casual football fans don't understand defensive play very well. Take those people who thought Stephon Gilmore underachieved because they didn't hear his name called. In Gilmore's case, he was so effective, most quarterbacks didn't throw to his side very often.no comments